Curfman announces 2011-12 slate
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Curfman announces 2011-12 slate
BEMIDJI, Minn.  – Bemidji State head women’s basketball coach Mike Curfman has announced the team’s 2011-12 schedule. The campaign includes an exhibition with the University of Minnesota, a nonconference battle with University of North Dakota, a trip to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and a four-game road trip to kick-off the 22-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule.

“With 22 of our 26 games being conference games we don’t get a lot of variety, that’s why it’s so important for us to get the Gopher game and the games down in Fort Lauderdale, I think those will be great experiences for us,” Curfman said. “We kick off the conference season in early December. Since our conference season expanded you have to be ready right way. I believe the conference is going to be as tough as ever and we are excited about what we can do this year. I think we will see some growth in our team and some improvement in our team and look forward to this upcoming season.”  

The season begins Oct. 27 with an exhibition game at Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D. Last season, the Beavers fell to the Jimmies 80-75 in overtime of an exhibition contest at the BSU Gymnasium. The regular season opens at home with Lakehead University (Ontario) Nov. 3.

Nov. 6 BSU travels to Minneapolis, Minn. for an exhibition game against University of Minnesota. The game against Minnesota will mark the first time in Curfman’s head coaching career he has played the Gophers. Last season the Beavers traveled to Brookings, S.D. for a exhibition game against D-I South Dakota State University, losing 63-47.

BSU will get 13 days of practice before hitting the floor in competition again as it hosts Mayville State University Nov. 19. BSU opened last season with a 87-76 victory against the Comets. The Beavers then take to the road for their next six games. The roadie begins with a trip to Fort Lauderdale for the Fort Lauderdale Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 25-26. BSU battles host Nova Southeastern University Nov. 25 and then wraps up the invitational with Palm Beach Atlantic Nov. 26.

The Beavers begin the rigourous NSIC schedule with four games on the road. BSU travels to Minnesota State University Moorhead Dec. 2 with a game against the Dragons, followed by a trip down Highway 2 for a contest at University of Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 3. Last season the Beavers went a combined 0-4 against MSUM and the Golden Eagles. The conference road trip continues Dec. 9-10 at Winona State University and Upper Iowa University. The Beavers were 0-2 against the Warriors, but earned two wins versus the Peacocks, winning 68-66 in Fayette, Iowa and 79-65 at home.

The conference home season begins Dec. 16-17 with the University of Mary and Northern State University. The Beavers struggled against U-Mary and NSU last season, falling in all four contests against the two teams by more than 15 points each time. Northern State finished last season one game from the NCAA Elite Eight, falling in the regional final.  

The NSIC slate is put on hold Dec. 19 when the Beavers do battle with Division I University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D. The game will close the 2011 calendar year and nonconference season for BSU. The last time the Beavers faced UND was Dec. 20, 2007, when North Dakota was still a Division II institution for basketball. At that time North Dakota was the No. 1 team in the nation and downed BSU 109-85 in Grand Forks.

The new year brings the Beavers’ travel partner, University of Minnesota Duluth, to Bemidji Jan. 3. Last season BSU went 0-2 against the Bulldogs. Jan. 7-8 the Beavers travel to Augustana College and Wayne State College for their only two games with the Vikings and Wildcats all season. Augustana will be looking for some revenge after BSU downed the then-No. 21 Vikings 79-78 at the BSU Gymnasium last season. WSC, ranked ninth in the country at the time, defeated BSU 64-44 in Bemidji last season behind NSIC Player of the Year Ashley Arlen’s 24 points.

The Beavers settle in at home for two weeks Jan. 13-20 with four conference games. Jan. 8 BSU welcomes St. Cloud State University and Jan. 9 Concordia University, St. Paul comes to town. Just like the 2010-11 season the teams will only meet once in 2011-12. Last season the Huskies downed the Beavers 70-51 in St. Cloud, Minn. and the Golden Bears won 85-70 in St. Paul, Minn.

In 2010-11, BSU matched-up best with its Jan. 20-21 opponents, Minnesota State University, Mankato and Southwest Minnesota State University. The Beavers played the Mavericks close last season, falling 77-73 in Mankato, Minn. and losing 75-73 at home on a shot that left just one second showing on the clock. The Beavers went 1-1 with the Mustangs last season with each team protecting their home court. SMSU won a close one 57-54 in Marshall, Minn. and BSU won a tight match 68-65 in Bemidji.

The rest of the season will see rematches with NSIC teams from earlier in the season, starting with a road trip to U-Mary and Northern State Jan. 27-28. BSU remains on the road to start the final month of the regular season Feb. 4 with trip to Minnesota Duluth.

The Beavers host Minnesota, Crookston Feb. 10 and MSU Moorhead Feb. 11. Feb. 17-18 BSU travels to Southern Minnesota for a contest at Southwest Minnesota State and a game at Minnesota State. The regular season will close at home with Upper Iowa Feb. 25 and Winona State Feb. 26. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top eight teams make the NSIC postseason tournament, which is set to begin Feb. 29 and conclude March 3-4.

The Beavers finished the 2010-11 regular season 7-19 overall and 4-18 in the NSIC to finish 13th in the league standings. BSU won two of its last four games and lost one of those games on a last second shot versus Minnesota State. The squad returns 11 student-athletes off last season’s roster and is headed by a strong group of upperclassmen.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).